How could this album ever been given the "poo-poo-'n'-so-what" treatment???... Historic sets at The Fillmore... HB to JT...

The ABB at Fillmore East LP cover, July 1971. (Courtesy of Capricorn Records)
The ABB at Fillmore East LP cover, July 1971. (Courtesy of Capricorn Records)

3/12/1967 (53 years ago today) - ...and it was their debut, too: "The Velvet Underground & Nico" album was released on this date by Verve Records -- It was just about totally ignored by contemporary critics at the time, and a commercial failure as well. No one, it seems, was interested in hearing it, let alone purchasing a copy. Today, however, it is widely recognized as one of the most influential works in the history of popular music -- While only 30,000 copies were sold back in the day, it was Brian Eno who famously pointed out that "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band" and the track listing includes multiple-landmarks: "I'm Waiting For The Man", "Venus In Furs", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "Femme Fatale", "There She Goes Again" and "Heroin" -- Over half-a-century old, the disc remains quite capable of inducing nightmares while simultaneously demolishing all fakers. We're still catching up...

3/12/1971 (49 years ago today) - So, a pretty good night out we're guessing: The Allman Brothers Band played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York -- As fate would have it, both shows were recorded, sifted through, and released four months later to become their major breakthrough success: "The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East" set a pretty (almost unrealistic) gosh-darn high standard for all live albums that followed in its wake. Crackerjack stuff indeed!

3/12/1948 - Born this date, the very first artist signed to The Beatles' Apple Records label -- Howzabout an extra-large-full-of-love Happy Birthday wish to the one and only (Sweet Baby) James Taylor, 72 years old today. It's not out-of-line to suggest that JT 'gave birth' to (and/or legitimized) the introspective-singer-songwriter genre in the early '70's, and no one's been able to stop it since. If he's not your cuppa tea, that's all right, but the fact is we're still better off having him around -- Undeniable proof right here:

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